The Kraken

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  1. Christopher Lee Christopher Lee

    "The Kraken. Come for the fish, stay for a whale of a tale. Just five hours outside Santa Fe in the middle of the New Mexico desert."

    This 8x10" print series is titled "Portraits of America's Food Stands" and will feature the best food at the greatest restaurants you've never heard about.

    *Full image and process grabs are in the attachments*


    about 1 year ago

  2. Kenil Bhavsar Kenil Bhavsar

    Cool illustration.

    about 1 year ago

  3. Emir Ayouni Emir Ayouni

    Very nice. Concept for your project sounds very cool also.

    Will you sell the series as a collection or pieces one-by-one?

    about 1 year ago

  4. Christopher Lee Christopher Lee

    @Emir Ayouni Thanks. They'll be sold individually. I'm sure everyone will have their own favorites. A set is a good idea, so I might consider it :) We'll see if I haven't lost my mind when I'm done with all 10.


    about 1 year ago

  5. Marc Aspinall Marc Aspinall

    Very cool. Lovely color treatment too.

    about 1 year ago

  6. Csaba Gyulai Csaba Gyulai

    This is funkin' amazing :)

    about 1 year ago

  7. Bendsen Bendsen

    Great work - and super awesome to study the process!

    What is your thoughts about making the characters with a solid stroke and leave the scenery without any stroke? Before i realised you made the illustration for print, i assumed that it was part of an animation because of the style difference. Is it to highlight the characters, because they're more important?

    Thanks for sharing, mate.

    PS. The awesome naive squid boy is simply killing me. Had a good laugh, when i saw the full-size image :)

    about 1 year ago

  8. Ian Glaubinger Ian Glaubinger

    After your initial concepts/sketches do you draw the majority of your shapes (like architecture) in Illustrator and then add all texture, color changes and line work in PS?

    about 1 year ago

  9. Leopoldo Alves Leopoldo Alves


    about 1 year ago

  10. Laura Bohill Laura Bohill


    about 1 year ago

  11. Timothy J. Reynolds Timothy J. Reynolds

    Man, so good. Love the process shots, too. Nailed the color/composition.

    about 1 year ago

  12. Cole Roberts Cole Roberts

    I love this Chris! I love how the characters have the black outline while the background is more subtle. Reminds me of classic Nick toons. Great job!

    about 1 year ago

  13. Rob Zangrillo Rob Zangrillo


    about 1 year ago

  14. Rob Zangrillo Rob Zangrillo

    wow - great work!

    about 1 year ago

  15. Christopher Lee Christopher Lee

    @Marc Aspinall @Csaba Gyulai Thanks!

    @Bendsen I did it on purpose because I love that visual contrast on animated shows. It brings more attention to the characters and makes them feel like a "cell" overlay (though no one uses cells anymore haha). I figured, why not translate that love into print form :)

    @Ian Glaubinger In this project, yes, that's how I'll be tackling them. I realized that I'm not a good enough draftsman to draw these buildings freehand. Doing the base shapes in AI allows me to get the geometry just the way I want it.

    @Leopoldo Alves @Laura Bohill @Timothy J. Reynolds @Rob Zangrillo Much appreciated! Starting the second one this morning.

    @Cole Roberts Exactly! *thumbs up*


    about 1 year ago

  16. Ian Glaubinger Ian Glaubinger

    @Christopher Lee Thanks for the insight. That's actually how i tackle a decent amount of my stuff too.

    about 1 year ago

  17. Jake Fleming Jake Fleming

    I love this so much

    about 1 year ago

  18. Diana Diana

    You know this is spectacular, right?

    Okay, good.

    about 1 year ago

  19. James Boorman James Boorman

    Loving the direction and play on character outline style.

    about 1 year ago

  20. Bryan Williams Bryan Williams

    I love this style!

    about 1 year ago

  21. Dylan Cook Dylan Cook

    Loving this sir. Instead of prints, would you ever do it as a book?

    about 1 year ago

  22. Christopher Lee Christopher Lee

    @Jake Fleming @Diana @James Boorman @Bryan Williams Thanks! The second one is almost done. Hope to post it tonight!

    @Dylan Cook Ten prints is hardly enough to warrant printing an entire book haha. Although I would like to compile my work into a book...someday. Maybe in another five years :)


    about 1 year ago

  23. Dylan Cook Dylan Cook

    Well I meant more :D

    Oh unless you can do a postcard book, but I have no idea of the print run costs of that.

    about 1 year ago

  24. Jenn Bower Jenn Bower

    I love this. Especially love the contrast between the fry cook and the rest of the image. So well done.

    about 1 year ago

  25. Krislam Chin Krislam Chin

    This is great! Thank you so much for posting your progress!!!

    12 months ago

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